Dr Jon Thompson

I have been part of the academic team at York St John University since 2017. Previous to this I have 28 years of clinical experience in the NHS and private practice. Of this, 25 years have been spent specialising in musculoskeletal (MSK) practice with significant experience as an Extended Scope Practitioner and for the last 7 years as a Consultant Physiotherapist providing expert practice and clinical leadership for a large MSK service.
My extended clinical skills include MSK injection therapy and the use of Ultrasound Imaging as a guidance tool for injections.

My previous NHS experience also includes service development, service tendering and working on a number of projects with the CSP developing national MSK strategy.
I completed my PhD in 2018 exploring the decision-making process between MSK Extended Scope Practitioners and their patients.

Further Information


I teach across a wide range of physiotherapy modules in the undergraduate BHSc and pre-registration MSc programmes. I am module lead for MSK, Exercise Rehabilitation and Leadership and Service Development.
I am also the admissions tutor for the undergraduate BHSc programme.


PhD completed in 2018. Title: An Exploration of the Decision Making Process Between Musculoskeletal Extended Scope Practitioners and their Patients.
As well as my research interests in advanced practice roles and decision making I also have interests in lower limb tendinopathy and management of soft tissue knee trauma.
Previous research experience has included:
Research assistant on MRC funded project into accuracy of diagnostic tests at the shoulder. 2004-2006

MSc (2006) Pathophysiology and management of lower limb Achilles and Patellar tendinopathy

Professional Activities

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
Member of the Advanced Practice Physiotherapy Network

Publications and Conferences

Research Publications

Thompson, J., Yoward, S. and Dawson, P., (2017). The role of physiotherapy extended scope practitioners in musculoskeletal care with focus on decision making and clinical outcomes: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative research. Musculoskeletal care, 15(2), pp.91-103.

Hanchard N, Shanahan D, Howe T, Thompson J, Goodchild L (2006). Accuracy and dispersal of subacromial and glenohumeral injections in cadavers. Journal of Rheumatology, 33, (6), pp 1143-1146.

Moore A, Jackson A, Jordan J, Hammersley S, Hill J, Mercer C, Thompson J (2005). Clinical guidelines for the physiotherapy management of whiplash associated disorder. London: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy;

Conference Papers

ESP National conference. York 2013. Exploring decision making in ESP practice.
ESP National conference. Edinburgh 2011. The role of ultrasound in the guidance of MSK injections.

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